The story was told in a very logical way, and it kept my interest throughout. Anna always has a wonderful personal interest point of view. I look forward to her next book also
I enjoyed this book for the most part. It was an inspiring story highlighting the strength of the human spirit. Thankfully, it didn't get too deep into the politics of the civil war, but misses the mark by insinuating that Lincoln's motive was slavery, which he was not against, at least at the onset of the war. Lincoln's motive was ALWAYS the preservation of the Union. It was the courage of those who refused to turn in runaway slaves that stopped slavery, which was still legal even after the North won. The description of Mary's medical practice was very good and her struggle to become a surgeon against all odds was very well written, but the details of the strategy of the Generals went on a bit in my opinion and was not wrapped up for the ending.
I love Civil War stories, and this one does not disappoint - there is brutal detail in the story that only reminds us that a mere century and a half ago (or so) we were a savage people who did nnot understand the importance of basic hygiene, much less the equality of women (and race).
The narrator does make some mistakes that I feel were silly, but the story is not predictable and the heroine is not typical - these factors set this period piece apart from others set in this era.
In all, a story that is challenging, yet intriguing, fulfilling, yet merciless in the details of war. This book is not for the feint of heart, but is satisfying if you stay with it.
Hoosier transplanted in Virginia Beach who is a fan of good books and travel.
Mary Sutter wants to be a surgeon. Then the Civil War gives her the opportunity. This book presented a stark, and most likely accurate, horrific picture of the Civil War. This was a time when modern medicine was In Its infancy. The setting is interesting, but the fictional characters were not as appealing as they might have been.
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I am afraid there isn't much I liked about the book. I didn't like the way it was written, the characters the author tried to portray, nor her attempt at writing about the civil war.